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Mother, wife of drowned Salvadoran migrants awaits their repatriation

06 June, 2019 11:31 am 11:31 am

SAN LUIS TALPA, El Salvador (Reuters) – Days after she lost her small daughter and husband to the treacherous currents of the Rio Grande, Tania Vanessa Avalos, 23, arrived back in El Salvador to await her family’s return — in coffins. Oscar Martinez, 25, and, Angie Valeria, just shy of 2 years old, died on … Read More


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US limits protections for some migrant children

06 June, 2019 8:26 am 8:26 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US immigration authorities said the government would limit which migrant children who enter the country alone qualify for special protections in the United States, the latest move by the Trump administration to tighten immigration restrictions. President Donald Trump has become increasingly aggressive in his fight to stem the surge of migrants crossing … Read More


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US says it could take two years to identify families separated at border

04 April, 2019 8:46 am 8:46 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It could take the US government up to two years to identify potentially thousands of additional cu.shildren separated from their parents by the authorities at the southern border, the government said in a court filing. The filing outlined for the first time the Trump administration’s plan for identifying which family members might … Read More


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Angelina Jolie pushes for women to be part of Afghan peace talks

03 March, 2019 9:42 am 9:42 am

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Academy Award-winning actress and refugee activist Angelina Jolie pushed for the inclusion of women in peace talks to end the conflict in Afghanistan during an address to ministers and diplomats at the United Nations. Peace talks between US and Taliban officials began late last year. However, some women fear the freedoms … Read More


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UN draws up plans to ‘facilitate’ Rohingya relocation to island

03 March, 2019 9:18 pm 9:18 pm

YANGON (Reuters) – The United Nations is making plans to help Bangladesh relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, documents seen by Reuters show, a move opposed by many refugees and that some human rights experts fear could spark a new crisis. Bangladesh says transporting refugees to Bhasan Char – … Read More


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Thailand blames Australia for arrest of refugee Bahraini footballer

02 February, 2019 1:54 pm 1:54 pm

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand defended on Wednesday its arrest of a Bahraini footballer with refugee status in Australia, saying officials only detained him because Australian authorities sent an Interpol “red notice” after he boarded a plane to Bangkok. Hakeem Al Araibi’s case has drawn international criticism as a Thai court considers an extradition request from … Read More


Spanish charity Open Arms rescues 311 migrants off Libya

12 December, 2018 9:39 am 9:39 am

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms has rescued 311 migrants in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Libya, it said. The migrants will be taken to the Spanish port of Algeciras after the charity’s vessel was refused entry by several European countries, including Malta and Italy. A newborn baby and his mother … Read More


Cities to work together to tackle migration ahead of UN pact

12 December, 2018 9:30 am 9:30 am

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) – Officials from more than 70 cities from around the world pledged to work closer together to tackle migration flows, supporting a United Nations pact which a rising number of countries have pulled out from. With a record 21.3 million refugees globally, all 193 UN members except the United States finalised in … Read More


Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish enclave in North Africa, one dies

10 October, 2018 8:23 am 8:23 am

MADRID (Reuters) – One African migrant died and three others were injured when around 300 stormed the border fence separating Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco , the local authorities said. About 200 migrants managed to scale the seven-metre high metal barrier and were taken to a reception centre in Melilla where officials started the process … Read More


Cuban artist brings strangers together with migrants and menthol

10 October, 2018 10:21 am 10:21 am

LONDON (Reuters) – Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s new exhibition looking at neighbourly behaviour and the movement of people will leave you in tears. Her interactive installation at London’s Tate Modern features a crying room, where a menthol-based organic compound fills the room and makes visitors cry in a bid to create empathy with the strangers … Read More


US to sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in 2019

09 September, 2018 9:39 am 9:39 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. “We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as … Read More


US halts funding to UN agency helping Palestinian refugees

09 September, 2018 8:16 am 8:16 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States halted all funding to a UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees in a decision further heightening tensions between the Palestinian leadership and the Trump administration. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the decision as “a flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions.” … Read More


UN refugee agency welcomes Thai move to give cave boys citizenship

08 August, 2018 9:33 am 9:33 am

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The UN refugee agency welcomed on Thursday a decision by Thailand to grant Thai citizenship to three boys and their soccer coach from among a group of 13 who were rescued from a flooded cave last month. The 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, from the “Wild Boars” soccer team … Read More